Jul 19, 2010

California!

Our cold, windy evening at the campsite turned into an equally cold, early morning.
We left the campsite a little after dawn (yes. that early) and after scarfing some food we bolted it out of the area hoping to make quick time to California.

We drove only an hour through Oregon before we reached California and were greeted by mist and overcast skies. on route 101 in California we drove on through large forests with some redwood trees, we also passed by a lot of tourist traps-some we couldn't help but stop at.
Caliiiifornia

after driving on 101 for a bit we came to a junction for route 1, the scenic, coastal route driving through California. we took it. at first the scenery was mainly forests. the road was made up of sharp turns and extremely steep inclines/declines-I was afraid my car wouldn't be able to take it.
We finally came out of the forests and onto the coastal highway where we were able to see the Pacific Ocean. traveling along route 1 provided us with some amazing views, cliff faces plunging into the sea  just feet away from the road with no guardrails. rocks jutted out from the ocean and the beaches were mostly rocky.

after almost running out of gas we came to a little shop with one gas pump-an old one at that-very old, very interesting. our little traveling companion almost succeeded in escaping from us on our stop, but we recovered him and were on our way again.

more amazing views and small towns and we were getting close to San Francisco, feeling that night was fast approaching we began our search for a campground. after an unsuccessful stop at a few campsites and one hostel around Point Reyes National Seashore we found a nice campground in Samuel P. Taylor State Park.

the campground was populated but still very nice, we met some very nice people. Dinner, sleep, and then heading into San Francisco tomorrow!!!!


Traveling down the Oregon coast towards California

After our comfortable night in Neskowin, OR it was time to pack up and head out.
we traveled through many towns along 101, most were right along the beach. chaz kept a lookout for Mo's, a small restaurant/hole-in-the-wall with world famous clam chowder.

unfortunately we found out that Mo's had become a larger chain of restaurants and no longer had the hole-in-the-wall feel to it.

we kept traveling along the way, stopping at a few scenic viewpoints-one being Devil's Churn. Devil's Churn is a small inlet along the Oregon coast where the waves bash up against jagged rocks in an incredible display of power. it was very gusty when we explored the area and Chaz displayed his bravery by getting very close to the churn, I was less brave, it was still an amazing display of the power nature has over us feeble humans.

we came into a town called Coos Bay and stopped at one of the first restaurants we saw, our stomachs were aching for lunch. the place had decently good food and a nice feel to it, it was a nice place to sit for a bit. supposedly not-as-good clam chowder as Mo's of course.
 more, more, more driving-with a quick stop to look at some roadside art and kick-knacks-and we came to our campsite for the night

we were very lucky to find the campsite as almost all the rest of the campsites we called or drove by along the Oregon coast were completely full. Our campsite was near the beach so a short walk off provided some good views of the coast. It was extremely windy and a bit nippy at the site-we settled down for a very cold and windy night and went to bed early expecting to get up at the crack of dawn to start our drive to California tomorrow!